Estate to Plate – Pheasants, Grouse and Deer at Roxburghe Estate
We are proud to be able to supply our visitors and guests with the best of the larder that the Scottish Borders has to offer, and will continue to manage the natural environment to support biodiversity and balance, in order to ensure the stability and sustainability of the habitats and populations to be found on the Roxburghe Estate.
The Roxburghe Estate is fortunate to be the custodian of a wide variety of habitats and environments across the Scottish Borders. It is central to our philosophy that these areas are managed and maintained with the very highest standards and an understanding of the interrelationships that balance the diverse ecosystems to be found here.
We are also champions of sustainability and conservation. One way to minimise our environmental impact and reduce our carbon footprint is to ensure that, as much as possible, as much of the produce that we sell on-site has a low food mileage attached to it. This means that we aim to minimise the distance (and in turn the fuel cost and environmental impact) that the products we use travel to get to us. This means that wherever possible, we will use local suppliers to get the products we need. In some cases we can go further, and obtain produce directly from the Estate itself.
One area where this is most evident, is in the production of game. Anyone that has visited the Scottish Borders will have noticed the prevalence of pheasants the call of the male of the species is a common sound across the region, and they provide a variety of challenges on the local roads. Archaeological information suggests that pheasants were introduced into Britain by the Romans but were only really common from the 15th Century. At that time they were mainly bred for the table, but may also have been hunted by trained hawks.